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Your Hub Is Not Featured

Updated on June 3, 2013

My hubs have been read by over one million readers since I have been hubbing for several years. During that time, the length and content of the hub was up to me and there were no regulations imposed. Over the past year, Hubpages has instituted a quiet enforcement of hubs that angers many writers because it forces them to create content that is at least 600 words and has many photos\videos\poll and whatever.

There are many hubs that are great hubs with just text or well under 600 words, yet Hubpages considers them inferior in structure because Google search spiders dictate this. If your hub is not at least 600 words and has photos\videos and holds the reader for at least five minutes of their time, the writer is punished.

What is the punishment imposed?

While your Hub will remain published, but it will not be showcased on Topic Pages or Related Hubs listings. It will also not be made available to search engines. That is the worst of it. But since you write to make some extra money from it, not having the Google search engine find it is pretty much a death sentence because no one will find it and links from other hubs will not connect to it.

Of course, HubPage Gods use the word "quality improvement" to meet whatever Google dictates them because HubPages makes money, a lot of money, from Google in some manner, otherwise, what is the point?

Granted, there are some poorly written hubs that I am sure HubPages would like to delete, including some of my own. Some hubs are now dated but the automated system used to impose the new guidelines is much like its censorship system. If you use a word like sex, you will be notified and ads may be stopped on your page. Now, if your hub falls below the minimum new standards, it will be confined to the dead, yet published collection that cannot be found. Talk about arm twisting!

Two recent hubs of mine, one on the epic Schwinn Stingray bike and the innovated Biolite camp stove that creates electricity are well written and very informative. But, they are under 600 words or barely over it. They do have photos and video. Both have been tossed in the dead file.

The worst thing this new policy does is that it forces the author to use "fluff" to meet the minimum word count. It is heavy handed BS. Not everything needs to be at least 600 words. I wonder if every hub is actually read by a human, I doubt it. The decision process is, as usual, arbitrary.

Granted, there are other blogs they do a similar thing and now HP has joined them. At least there still is WordPress and others. I am sure this hub will also fall into the dead pile for obvious and not so obvious reasons.

Now, another new instructional device are the annoying templates that now automatically appear when opening a new hub to create. Even if you try to shut them off, the modules are there and you must delete each one. This process adds to confusion with an overkill of modules, I mean, I do not need multiple photo modules to my hub! I don't always want to add a video! I don't always want to add a poll! I do not want these to show up without my permission. I don't want to see the same stupid instructions about how to make a hub good, once is enough, thank you!

As HP evolves, there are many who began with them years ago who know that evolution is not always for the better.

Do you think HP should penalize authors if hubs fail to meet minimum word count?

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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      Yes, safe, they are far away.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good choice of words. HP is a business. I understand their model. I don't understand their reasoning.

      Hope you are not in the path of the fires out there in CA.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      well, as is suspected, this hub will not be featured. This is a good way to anger those who have been with HP since they started. This hub is over 600 words, just has no photos. What is frustrating is that whatever automated judge there is, it is impossible to get what the reason is instead of a blanket statement. I am sure Google has told them that according to their stats, certain criteria is a must and if not, HP will lose revenue. But trying to repair the hub is like shooting in the dark. I think it is phucked.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've been notified one of my hubs, that gets as many views as many others, has been unfeatured. Less than a week ago my hubber score was 100. Whatever.